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Tuesday, 12 September, 2000, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Fuel crisis claims Robins' match
Aston Gate
Fuel crisis hits Bristol City and Brentford's fixture
The Second Division match between Bristol City and Brentford at Ashton Gate has become the first major sporting casualty of the growing fuel crisis.

The Robins have decided to cancel the fixture because they cannot guarantee the required number of stewards to attend the match.

The Football League revealed they had no plans to postpone any of the 33 scheduled midweek Nationwide League matches because of the fuel shortages brought about by protests against petrol prices.

Bristol City chairman John Laycock felt the club had no other option to cancel the match, given the circumstances in the South West of the country.

Laycock said: "We feel this is the best solution to a problem being faced by so many people in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

"We are grateful to the Football League for their assistance with this matter."

Football League spokesman John Nagle revealed that no other clubs have applied to have their matches postponed.

"At the moment we have not had any other applications," Nagle said.

"We might possibly get one more, but I cannot see it being suddenly loads. I think that is probably going to be it."


We feel this is the best solution to a problem being faced by so many people in Bristol and the surrounding areas
  Bristol City chairman John Laycock

"We have a fairly tight football calendar these days and we just don't know at this stage how long this will go on for," he said.

"Obviously we have a great deal of sympathy for supporters and their clubs. We are concerned about anything that could affect the revenue of our clubs.

"In a situation like this we all have to battle on. Every week we are amazed by the lengths fans go to, to attend matches - and, of course, this is a real test."

Meanwhile Portsmouth defender Jason Crowe has joined Brentford on a month's loan after being placed on the transfer list by Fratton Park manager Tony Pulis.

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